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Hintze Fellow in Radio Transients


Applications are invited for a Hintze Fellowship in Radio Transients. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

This project will involve the acquisition and analysis of radio data on a range of explosive and time variable astrophysical phenomena, primarily from the AMI-LA and MeerKAT radio telescopes. Targets include X-ray Binaries, Tidal Disruption Events, Gamma Ray Bursts and other jet-powered Supernova, as well as the radio counterparts of gravitational wave sources arising from merging neutron stars.

The successful candidate will help to run our extensive transients and variables programme with the AMI-LA radio telescope, and will be part of a larger team with involvement in many scientific projects such as ThunderKAT on the MeerKAT radio telescope. They will be expected to be able to critically analyse results and report on them via publications and oral presentations, while working as part of a team. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach. Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in astrophysics or a related field. Some demonstrable experience with time domain and/or radio astronomy is required as well as excellent communication skills, and ability to manage own academic research and associated activities. Familiarity with the astrophysics of accretion, radio emission, explosions and jet formation is desirable.

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Application Deadline: 31 January 2018 by 12:00 midday


Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher (2 posts)

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for two Early Stage Researchers as part of the “DNA-Based Modular Nanorobotics” Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network These positions are suitable either as a first salaried position for researchers currently studying for a PhD that will be awarded after recruitment or for students who wish to undertake a first doctoral degree (Oxford DPhil).The posts are for a fixed term of 3 years.

ESRs will participate in the development of a new technology of modular nanorobotic systems based on structural DNA nanotechnology.

Project 1: Powered linear and rotary motion for molecular robotic devices

Project 2: Modular assembly of integrated nanorobotic systems

The successful candidates will develop techniques for the design, construction, actuation and characterization of functional synthetic nanostructures and for their integration to create modular molecular robotic systems. Responsibilities will include: participation in DNA-Robotics training programme; development of a personal career development plan; management of research activities; development of scientific techniques and experimental protocols; use of specialist scientific equipment; contribution of research ideas; testing hypotheses and analysis of data; collaboration on all aspects of research, including preparation of scientific reports, journal articles and presentation of papers and posters. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants for DPhil study should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a Masters degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science, Biochemistry or other relevant science.

More experienced researchers who are close to obtaining a PhD and will not study for a doctoral degree should have relevant experience in biophysics, biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology, biological chemistry or computer science. Experience in DNA nanotechnology, single-molecule biophysics, or nucleic acid chemistry for these candidates would be an advantage.

All applicants should demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills, as well as an ability to manage own academic research and to contribute ideas for new research projects.

When recruited, ESRs must be in the first 4 years (FTE) of their research careers, not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years, and not have been awarded a doctorate.
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Application Deadline: 16 February 2018 by 12:00 midday


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